TATTOOS keep Chelsea and England defender Ben Chilwell focused and level-headed.
Just below his left knee are 1, 2, 3 and 5 – the numbers embroidered on his red Three Lions hat, as he is the 1,235. is a player who represents his country.
His left forearm is inscribed “Halfway There” and he explained, “Because you’re never where you want to be. You’re always halfway there.”
Then Chilwell added with a smile, “And because it’s halfway up my arm!”
His right forearm features a picture of the Champions League trophy he won with Chelsea in 2021 – but has he left some room for a possible Premier League title and World Cup?
Chilwell said: “There are a few spots. The World Cup would be a bit bigger though.”
At 25, he has an impressively bright head on young shoulders and exudes confidence too.
That’s evident when it comes to reclaiming his place as Manchester United’s Luke Shaw left-back in the England squad for Qatar, despite eight hellish months through injury.
Chilwell – a £50million signing from Leicester in August 2020 – missed most of last season after suffering a partial cruciate ligament tear in his right knee in the Champions League against Juventus in November.
He felt it buckle again during a Christmas Day training session and underwent surgery days later.
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Now, seven months later, Chilwell is totally back – currently with the team on their pre-season tour of America – and already looking ahead to the biggest stages.
When asked if he ever worried about missing out on the World Cup, he said: “It wasn’t about not being selected, it was ‘more hard work to get you selected’. It motivates me a lot more to achieve that small percentage.
“We’re four or five months away from the World Cup so I’m confident that if I play well I’ll be in the squad.
“That’s my mental headspace. I’ve dreamed of playing at a World Cup and knowing it’s just around the corner gives me more motivation.”
“It would not only be the highlight of my career, but of my life.”
After playing 90 minutes in the Champions League final win over Manchester City in May 2021, Chilwell spent the entire euro on the bench, unhelped by a positive Covid test.
Rival Shaw missed just one game, scoring in the final. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel claimed Chilwell had returned “mentally exhausted”.
Chilwell added: “Mental exhaustion is probably the best way to describe it. I tried too hard then.”
Another difficult period could have been the departure of owner Roman Abramovich, but Chilwell said: “We have a new owner, they want to get involved. The club is in a good place.”
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